Wolves' Anthony Edwards Cited for Assault; Allegedly Threw Chair That Hit 2 Employees

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 25: Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball during Round One Game Five of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets on April 25, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Denver police have cited Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards for third-degree assault after he allegedly picked up, swung and threw a folding chair that hit two Ball Arena security guards, per Jake Shapiro of Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan.

Edwards' actions reportedly occurred after Minnesota lost 112-109 against the host Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series, which finished the Timberwolves' postseason run. The defeat ended with Edwards missing a potential game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer.

The NBA TV broadcast appeared to show Edwards tossing a chair before running to the tunnel.

Denver Police Department spokesman Jay Casillas told Shapiro the chair hit a pair of female security guards.

A source told Shapiro the chair first struck one security guard in the back before it hit a second guard. Both employees reportedly suffered minor injuries and asked to file charges, per Shapiro.

Dane Moore, who covers the Timberwolves, said he saw what happened:

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA

I was watching Ant last night as he ran off the floor + saw this. To my eye, it was a honest mistake<br><br>He should not have thrown the chair and hurt someone. But having walked through that tunnel last night, I will say it's very narrow. Fans are right on top of you — no clear path <a href="https://t.co/CfB72jSw8F">https://t.co/CfB72jSw8F</a>

Jackson Lloyd of the NBA Action with Jackson podcast relayed this video:

Jackson Lloyd @JacksonLloydNBA

Had this sent to me, Idk original source. Credit to them. <br><br>It is unreal how something as harmless as moving a chair can get the assault label and ensuing fallout.<br><br>Everyone involved is a joke. <a href="https://t.co/IbOL04ptz1">pic.twitter.com/IbOL04ptz1</a>

On Thursday, Edwards' lawyer issued a statement on the charges.

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

A statement to <a href="https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBAonTNT</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/BleacherReport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BleacherReport</a> from attorney Harvey Steinberg on behalf of client Anthony Edwards: "As video of incident confirms, Anthony did not swing chair at anyone and of course did not intend to hurt anyone…intends to vigorously defend against these baseless… <a href="https://t.co/UBN2gHexQa">pic.twitter.com/UBN2gHexQa</a>

Denver police held up the Minnesota bus following the game to cite Edwards, per Shapiro.

State law calls for third-degree assault to carry a punishment of up to 18 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

The Timberwolves released a statement on Edwards, per longtime NBA reporter Mark Medina.

"We are aware of the alleged incident regarding Anthony Edwards following Game 5 in Denver and are in the process of gathering more information," it read. "We have no further comment at this moment."

The 21-year-old Edwards just finished his third NBA season, averaging 24.6 points per game. He scored a team-high 29 points Tuesday.